10 years ago in General news
The blog BedStuy Patch is reporting about the Sunset Park Redevelopment Committee, which has just unveiled an emergency cooling program for low-income, sick or elderly residents of Brooklyn. Those who qualify under the program, such as those with medical conditions that put them at risk during a heat wave, will receive a free air conditioning unit, installed at no charge. The program runs from now until September 2011, or until funds run out. Guidelines for qualification include either documentation providing proof of medical need for a cooling system, proof of income to determine financial need, proof of HEAP/PA/SSI or being a food stamp receipient, and landlord authorization. Additionally, you cannot already own a functional air conditioner in the home.Call the SSPRC at 718-492-8580 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.Read the full article about the program over at BedStuy Patch.
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10 years ago in Personal development
A thank you note is an often overlooked post-interview practice, which in this time of email and IMs, is falling to the wayside. But it shouldn’t, it’s another important way of making yourself stand out as a serious candidate for a job. Read on and let Carissa explain why:
Sending thank you notes after an interview is a great way to follow up about a job you want without feeling like you’re pestering the employer. It’s also just good etiquette. Here are some tips to make the most of post-interview thank you notes:
The remainder of the week promises to be hot as Hades, with index temps peaking near 110F. If you don’t have access to a cool environment, NYC has several cooling centers around the city where you can relax and keep the sweating to a minimum. This is especially critical for the elderly and those susceptible to heat related illness.Find the cooling center closest to your home by using NYC.gov’s Cooling Center finder [Via NYC.gov http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/heat_cooling.shtml].
The boss needn’t be someone to be feared (unless they’re just a horrible person, period). Carissa brings us her latest article explaining why your boss shouldn’t be someone you should feel intimidated around, and gives tips on how to better communicate with them, both professionally and socially.————————-
I received this question from a friend the other day. An otherwise eloquent person, every time she talks to her boss, she gets flustered and worried that she says too much, too little, or the wrong thing. She was concerned that her boss would think she was incompetent and possibly un-promotable. She asked me how she can talk to her boss without this happening. Here are a few tips for getting the nerves under control and feeling good about your interactions with the boss:
There’s always a fine line that you have to strike when socializing at work, especially if you’re new. On one end of the spectrum, there are those who cut themselves off from others and pour themselves into their work, and at the other, those who seem to do little else but chit chat.In Carissa’s latest post, we take a look at some tips on how to balance being social at work, both to cultivate friendships, and to help advance your career.Enjoy! ——
You might think it’s best not to socialize at all while at work. You might think what your supervisor wants is for you to do your work quietly and then go home. This is not necessarily true. Employees who know how to socialize on the job are more apt to be noticed and liked by their peers and supervisors, and they’re more likely to advance in their careers for this very reason. Here are some tips on how to socialize in ways that will benefit you at work.
Here’s the latest article from our guest business writer, Carissa Doshi. Personally, I’ve taken advice like this to heart during my time at GoodTemps, having coded and automated much of what used to take me several hours of repetitive manual work, into one click automated procedures that takes seconds to execute. Enjoy! ——
I’ve often heard employees complain about having to do "busy work" — things that are generally a waste of time on the job — and this includes anything from collecting information for an unending database to filling out time sheets. But these aren’t busy work in the traditional sense, or things your boss is only having you do to kill time. Such a thing doesn’t really exist in working America. Instead they are tasks that need to be done that no one wants to do. Sometimes they seem pointless and/or incredibly inefficient, but this is not a good reason to blow them off, angering your boss and anyone else counting on you to get them done. If you hate the tedious tasks assigned to you at work, there are some things you can do about it. If there is a more efficient way to do your "busy work," try it, or propose it to your boss. For computer programmers, this might be writing a computer program to do a job that you previously had to do yourself every week. If filing takes forever because the filing system is outdated and doesn’t really work anymore, ask if you can revamp it and reorganize the files. These fixes usually involve investing a little more time upfront and then save enormous amounts of time in the long run. It’s okay to ask, "Is there a more efficient way to do this task?" Odds are your boss hasn’t considered that question in respect to your job, and if you can come up with a better way of doing the same thing, he will welcome it. If you’ve streamlined your job as much as you can and you now have lots of free time or feel the job isn’t challenging enough, ask your boss if there is more work you can take on, such as helping with a new project. Your boss most likely assigns you what he thinks you can handle. If you can handle more, say so and your boss will be delighted to give you more to do. This is the best way to train yourself for a new job in a higher position.——Carissa Doshi is a business writer and the president of Gen Y Media Group. She gives career advice and blogs about her experiences on www.carissadoshi.com.
In the latest installment from our guest business writer, Carissa Doshi, she discusses the six cardinal skills that anyone considering a career working in an office needs to excel (no pun intended) at.
There are a few basic skills that anyone interested in clerical work needs to know. They are also essential for entry-level positions in most offices, regardless of the field. If you are looking for a job as a data entry clerk, receptionist, administrative assistant, or something similar, make sure you have these basic skills under you belt:…
10 years ago in Employment news
GoodTemps is currently seeking professionals from all five NYC Boroughs to perform computer-based testing, data compilation and analysis for a potential new high profile client. Training on all processes will be provided, but candidates must be highly computer literate, analytical, adept with hand tools related to automated equipment, detail-oriented and have troubleshooting experience and experience maintaining written reports and logs.
Assignments are temporary, and though there is no guarantee regarding length of assignment, the term is estimated at four (4) months. There may be some opportunity beyond that term and services may be requested again within three (3) months.Reliability is essential. A commitment to complete the full term of the assignment is expected. Hours are first shift, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday and offer no paid leave or vacation. Flexibility with hours may be required.Applicants must have three (3) years of work experience in addition to training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
10 years ago in Career development
We’re very pleased to be bringing you the second article from our guest business writer, Carissa Doshi. This time she focuses on what most of us have been at some point in our working lives - late. She presents some great common sense tips to help you get out the door early, and into the office on time. Hey, if you arrive early because of this advice, grab a muffin and enjoy a coffee.Read the full article after the jump.
If you’re usually running late, you’re not alone. Many people find it almost impossible to be on time, and habitual lateness is one of the top complaints businesses have about their employees. Always being late can lead others to believe you are less competent than someone who arrives on time, or that you simply don’t care enough to be on time, and this can create problems beyond the workplace. Fortunately there are some tricks that make being on time a little easier.
Read the article at Lifehacker.An interesting article by Derek Sivers that explains why thinking of your goals purely in the short term, and trying to pursue too many at the same time, can condemn them to failure. He used the analogy of Burdian’s donkey - who, stood between a bale of hay, and a bucket of water, was unable to make up it’s mind which it wanted first. The donkey then keeled over from hunger and thirst.Instead of spending time thinking about all the goals you want to reach, he suggests prioritizing them and completing one or two at a time. The feeling of accomplishment will drive you on to complete more.
I’m excited to bring you the first of a series of articles from our guest writer, Carissa Doshi. Carissa started her career here at GoodTemps, where she spent several years as the head of the Placement office, overseeing thousands of job placements at customers such as JP Morgan Chase and the NYCDOE. After a time in the publishing industry as an assistant editor, she is now a business writer and president of Gen Y Media Group. She gives career advice and blogs about her experiences on www.carissadoshi.com.
Job hunting is the hardest job you will ever have to do, and there are only so many hours per day a person can spend doing it. Most people job hunt by applying for lots of jobs at first and then get frustrated with the lack of replies. Many start to sleep more or stop getting dressed first thing in the morning. The hours of free time you dream about while working can be incredibly frustrating when you face them everyday. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your day productive and enjoyable.When you’re looking for work, an important thing to do is keep applying. On days spent job hunting, I recommend getting up by 8:30am, getting dressed, getting a cup of coffee if you drink it, and applying for one job. Applying for more than one is fine, but if you spend all day every day job hunting, you will get burnt out. So after applying to a job, take a 15 minute break and then spend the rest of your day doing some of these things:1. Learn something new.Have you noticed that a lot of jobs you want call for a particular skill you don’t have? A lot of office jobs call for knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, or strong typing or data entry skills. Goodwill Community Foundation provides online tutorials free of charge in many skills like these at www.gcflearnfree.org. You can learn to type or practice typing skills you already have at free online websites like www.freetypinggame.net or www.typingweb.com. Now is also a great time to take a class or start working toward a degree or certificate if you’re interesting in changing career fields. 2. Get your house in order.Most of us feel sleepy after lunch, but giving in to the temptation to take an afternoon nap can just make it harder to sleep at night. Instead, the afternoon is a good time to get up and moving so that you don’t have to fight to stay awake in front of the computer. Cleaning house will make you feel productive while you do it and happy afterward when you see the results. Get rid of old junk mail one day, and clean out a closet another. Donate or throw out things you no longer need or use. When you’re spending eight hours a day working again, you’ll be glad to be able to come home to a clean, inviting space.3. Get some exercise.Exercise is another good way to get moving during the afternoon, or whenever you need a boost of energy. Go for a walk in the park, or play a sport you like. It’s good for your health, and the endorphins your body releases will make you feel happier too.4. Volunteer.Volunteering is a great way to stay connected with other people and spend your time wisely. If you work with the less fortunate, it can make you feel good about yourself and put your own problems into perspective. Volunteer work is also something you can list on your résumé and a great way to meet other people who might be able to put you in touch with potential employers. Local food pantries, libraries, and churches often need volunteers. Choose something that interests you.5. Think about what you want.Most of us have things we’ve always wanted to do but never had the time to start, and not all of them require a lot of money, like a trip to Hawaii might. Make a list of the things you’ve always wanted to do or achieve. These can be career goals or family goals, or even hobbies you want to try. Have you always wanted to write a book? Or spend more time with the kids? Or be able to run a marathon? These are things you can start doing today. And when you go back to work — already on track to achieve some of your big lifetime goals — you’ll be proud of the way you spent your time.——Carissa Doshi is a business writer and the president of Gen Y Media Group. She gives career advice and blogs about her experiences on www.carissadoshi.com.
With the next four days forecasted to be on the sweltering side here in NY, knowing how to cool yourself down in an efficient way can be very important.The general rule is to know your pulse points. These are the areas on your body where you can feel your pulse - they’re where the blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin. Because of this proximity, you can cool your blood, and subsequently, your body, down quickly by putting the area of skin in contact with cool water or ice wrapped in a damp towel.Everyone knows a cold towel to the neck and wrists brings quick relief from the heat, but they’re not the only points on your body. Consider the insides of your elbows, behind your knees, your inner thigh, along with the tops of your feet, your inner ankle, and your temples.
From the Wall Street Journal blog.The good old résumé ain’t what it used to be. Here’s a few pointers from the folks over at the Wall Street Journal on how to bring your résumé into the modern age.
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10 years ago in Top candidates
GoodTemps’ New York office will open for business at 10am tomorrow.
All interviews that were scheduled to take place at the GoodTemps satellite office at Nassau BOCES in Westbury tomorrow (Wednesday Feb 2nd) are canceled due to the expected ice precipitation.
We’re keeping a close watch on the weather reports for the predicted ice storm that will be passing over the tri-state throughout tonight into tomorrow. Stay tuned here for news on any GoodTemps or Goodwill office closures or other advisories. GoodTemps temporary employees should coordinate with their on-site supervisors at their assignment to see if their particular worksite is closed. Please do not assume that your worksite is closed.
Goodwill executive management has just issued an announcement that all Goodwill offices in the greater NY / Northern NJ area will be closed today.
Additionally, all non-emergency NYC government offices are closed, and MTA bus service is suspended.
We will be open and operate on a normal schedule today. For those of you with children, NYC public schools are closed due to the snow.= UPDATE =We will be closed today. All applicants who had appointments scheduled for today should email us at email@example.com with the subject line "Appointment reschedule" to reschedule accordingly.
W2 tax statements for all temporary employees who worked for GoodTemps during the 2010 tax year will be sent by mail to the home address we have on file by January 27th. Please allow 1-3 days for delivery.